How To Wow Even The Fussiest Of Dinner Guests

Deciding to invite friends and loved ones round for dinner seems like a great idea at the time. You think that a night of good company, good wine and of course, good food will be just what you want and need after a long week at work… that’s until you remember that you’re the one who’s providing the food.


It doesn’t have to be a slog in the kitchen if you don’t want it to be. Any good chef will tell you that preparing a good dish takes patience, great ingredients and a little practice. The experts didn’t attain the skills they now have by trying each dish once and so you can’t expect to do the same either.salad-bar


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If you’re wanting to blow your guests’ socks off rather than send yourself into a full blown melt down in the kitchen then follow these simple steps and reach the dizzying heights of culinary genius yourself in no time.


  1. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize


Just like we are always encouraged to accessorize any outfit with the right shoes and a piece of jewelry, you need to make sure you’re applying the very same rule to your kitchen. Being able to afford the latest kitchen accessories can be a little difficult, especially if you have other necessities that come first. Save up your extra cash in a jar in the kitchen (now that’s an incentive for you) and splash out on something you really really want or feel you’d benefit from the most. There are just some kitchen accessories you can’t be without, right?


  1. Having the right tools is essential


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It’s the same with anything in life. Artists who paint beautiful pictures splurge on the best paints and the best quality canvases and brushes. You need to be doing the same. Making sure you have the right equipment is key and that starts with having the best set of knives you can get your hands on. Check out if you’re unsure of what to buy. These things aren’t cheap so you need to be making sure you’re getting the best possible product for your budget.


  1. Practice makes perfect


This one is a given. The same notion applies to everything in life and that’s certainly the case when it comes to cooking. The best chefs are the best because they have dedicated their lives to cooking. It’s about learning what works with what and what doesn’t. Learning about flavour is essential because a handful of spice can make or break a dish and the wrong herb can ruin what could have been heaven on earth. There is no such thing as a bad cook, but there is such a thing as a lazy one. Bad cooks are the types who manage to burn everything or turn even the most exciting recipe into the blandest tasting dish in history. It’s not a fluke, there is an explanation. They aren’t paying enough attention to their timings or the recipe. It’s as simple as that.


  1. Cook what you enjoy eating


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This is your surefire way to cooking something your guests will love too. It’s obviously great to find out what they like and more importantly what they really don’t like, but the way to make a dish you all love is by choosing one you can’t get enough of. Enthusiasm goes a long way and if you can’t wait to get it down you, chances are it will mean your guests won’t be able to either and sometimes the tried and true are best; like this easy meal.


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  1. Terry Poage says:

    Sometimes it is hard to please everybody. Kids are the hardest to please.

  2. I agree that the right tool makes a big difference. But if you don’t have it, know that you may have to work harder. Or make something else. lol

  3. I tend to go with main dishes that I know will be a hit. We don’t give fancy dinner parties, usually informal family gatherings.

  4. Eryn Jackson says:

    These are some great ideas for my next family dinner.

  5. I love your ideas. I always cook what I enjoy eating.

  6. Thank you so much for the tips and pointers on satisfying the harder to make-it with guest. They make the best word of mouth, if you make it with them though.

  7. Holly Thomas says:

    I always go with the tried and true, I would hate to try something new and have everybody hate it.

  8. Pamela Halligan says:

    I especially like the “Cook what you enjoy eating” tip.

  9. Victoria Scott says:

    These are wonderful reminders on how to entertain! And the table spread you have above is BEAUTIFUL!!!

  10. Julie Hansen says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  11. These are some great suggestions. I need to follow your advice. Thank you so much for sharing

  12. Angela Lombardi says:

    These are great ideas!!! Cant wait to give them a try!

  13. Bethany Suire says:

    Love this article!

  14. Hard to make everyone happy at dinner! Love this<3

  15. These are great tips!

  16. janie vezina says:

    wonder if this works with the regulars that sit at the table not just guests?

  17. Amber Ludwig says:

    I absolutely agree that having the right tools is essential!! You never know until you have them and everything goes SO much smoother lol!!

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